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Exhaustive (and sexist) explanation of personal care and daily habits of cleanliness, demonstrating how to keep the skin, hair, nails, and teeth clean and healthy. Partially filmed at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Audio Productions
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Health and hygiene; Colleges and universities; Gender roles
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Victor Von Psychotron -
Subject: Look at you, girl!
The bold sexism in this short is now shocking. It was shocking back then, too, but few dared call anyone out on it. Four stars for the laugh-inducing shock value.
Subject: How Do I receive the Legal Rights to this?
I want to use this in a documentary how do I get the rights?
Subject: Does your hair squeak?
College students get a barrage of grooming tips in this postwar film. It starts with an unkempt college girl wearing lumpy bobby sox and a droopy slip beneath her pleated skirt. "How did you get into this picture, young lady?" the announcer sneers, as a well-groomed young man walks away in disgust. Then, presto, she's well-groomed too, and she gets the guy. Another tip for girls: go easy on the jewelry and wear practical shoes.
Was there a grooming crisis on America's college campuses in the late forties? This was a generation that had grown up during World War II. Dad was in the service and mom worked in a munitions factory. Nobody was around check if the kids had brushed their teeth or not. In any case, I guess films like this worked. These students grew up to be the tidy, conformist parents of the fifties. But those old unhygienic habits came back to haunt them in their counter-culture children, who used sloppy grooming as a sign of political protest.
Subject: You are what's wrong
You see it is people like you Jenniferger that is the problem I mean are you serious? You did not see what was wrong with her appearance, she looked like a slob just like so many people do today, or s---- to bad they do not show these in school anymore
Subject: So Terribly Wrong
I am horrified at the idea of "soap, hot water, and plenty of elbow grease" on one's facial skin... And I feel really bad for all the kids who had acne or eczema back then and were told it was because they didn't keep their skin "clean" enough... and no doubt both problems were made much worse by scrubbing with alkaline soap and hot water.
Also, the announcer actually had to point out to me what was "wrong" with the girl in the first scene; she looked FINE to me!
It's a great video that showcases some bygone attitudes and ideas.
Subject: I found it rather instructive
I'm 46 years old, and nobody never taught me nothin' when I was a young-un. So, I liked it.
Subject: Grooming for stupid college students
For those slooow students, who have someohow gotten into college, yet can't seem to CLEAN THEMSELVES. we have this film to teach you the BASIC facts of good grooming.. although it's rather strange when the narrator says to women that hair 'should be washed every 2 weeks'. Who, honestly were the filmmakers trying to fool?
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Body Care and Grooming
This college-level health film is not only about the importance of good personal hygiene, but also stresses the "appropriateness" of dress, meaning dress like everybody else. A great example of 50's conformity at it's most insistent. Hygiene films are almost always funÃÂÃÂthere's something so earnest and simple about them. One wonders what its college level audience thought about being talked down to so much.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Episode #510: The Painted Hills.
Master Zhlubbish -
Subject: Very funny
This movie is so sexist, it's like a farce. Very amusing and educational.